French PM Edouard Philippe has announced to suspend the fuel tax rises for six months which triggered weeks of violent protests in France.
Central Paris experiences vehicles burned, business damages and hundreds of detentions over fuel tax protests
The protests have struck the major cities of France and caused disruption over the past three weekends. Dubbed as the yellow vest, protests have now grown and showed extensive anger at the government.
French President Emmanuel Macron selected last year with the mandate of extensive economic reform. However, he lost attraction in recent months amid charges of being a “president for the rich”.
Four people killed since the violent protest started. The resultant violence and vandalism received wide condemnation.
While announcing the decision, Mr. Philippe told that next planned rise in carbon tax on vehicle fuel would suspend for six months. Earlier, the increase was due to come in on 1 January. Meanwhile, the administration will collect consultations across the country for measures to reduce the burden for the worst-off.
He further informed that planned increase in gas and electricity prices this winter has stopped. It is a major U-turn of President Macron government who insisted the measures should impose to combat climate change and fulfill budget deficit targets.
Mr. Philippe expressed: “This anger, you would have to be deaf and blind not to see it, nor hear it”.
He further told during his televised address: “The French who have donned yellow vests want taxes to drop, and work to pay. That’s also what we want”. He further stated that no tax merits are disrupting the unity of the nation.
However, violence should end and another day of protests should take place calmly, he added.
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